Professors Dawn Melzer and Deirdre Yeater

Participation Type


College and Major available



University Commons

Start Day/Time

4-24-2019 2:00 PM

End Day/Time

4-24-2019 5:00 PM


Apr 24th, 2:00 PM Apr 24th, 5:00 PM

Therapy Dogs as a Wellness Incentive for Stress Management on a College Campus

University Commons

There are a variety of studies which show the benefits of animal assisted therapy on mental health but the effectiveness of on-campus animal program interventions has not been as well investigated. In the current study, college students’ stress and self-efficacy levels were measured before and after interacting with a therapy dog or after participating in a control condition. It was found that there were significant differences for both the Perceived Stress Scale and General Self-Efficacy pre- and post-tests but no differences between the animal and control conditions.


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